Go back to the year 2000 and it is the classic story of some friends having a lightbulb moment to set up a record label for releasing their own records. Over 8 years and 2 off shoots later, Matthias Tanzmann and Andrè Quaas' idea, Moon Harbour Recordings, is still going strong on the premise of quality over quantity, evidenced by just 40 main label releases over that time.
Despite the Leipzig imprint's initial dedication to deep house, the omnipresent groove and dancefloor ready elements of their sound developed into some of the less mainstream minimal tracks over the last few years. Label co-owner Andrè Quaas describes Moon Harbour as representing "the status quo of club music - especially house music between deep and minimal". Label regulars like Marlow, Luna City Express and of course Tanzmann himself have been supported by Audio Werner, Martin Landsky and Seuil amongst others.
A solid repute for underground cool based on the aforementioned quality over quantity approach, is perhaps most recently illustrated by Circo Loco's decision to celebrate their 10 years anniversary in 2008 with an inventive double disc, three part (yes, 6 disc!) compilation released on Moon Harbour.
As for the future Andrè keeps it simple, Moon Harbour will be about "the influences and experiences of Matthias Tanzmann in the clubs." Interestingly there are "upcoming releases by new artists Martinez and Seuil. Ultimately though, as a record label that seems to perfectly strike the right balance between core sound and keeping its finger on the pulse, 8 years is sure to be just part of the story.
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